Mirik

Why To Go

A quaint little town in the lap of the Himalayas painted like a picture on the backdrop of the majestic mountains. That is Mirik for you. With an elevation of an average height of 5000 feet, Mirik is situated at a distance of 49 km from Darjeeling and 52 km from Siliguri.

Located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Mirik is one of the most popular tourist spots in the north-eastern part of the country because of its natural beauty, serenity, and climate.

It is the headquarters of Mirik Subdivision. While the name of the place means ‘burnt by fire,’ you can rest assured that your eyes are only going to be soothed by the exquisite beauty of the place. With its deep lakes, curved roads lined with pine trees, monasteries, natural landscapes, orchids and gardens snowy mountains and the majestic view of Kanchenjunga, Mirik is the perfect place to spend your holidays.

Mirik bazar began a commercial centre of the region where people from the surrounding villages and tea gardens came to trade and buy their necessities.

Travel Tips

Mirik enjoys full bloom in all seasons. With temperate and cool climate, Mirik experiences mild summers, chilly winters and heavy showers in monsoons. March to April and October to November that is autumn season are the best time to visit Mirik. Avoid winters because of extreme cold. July does experience mild showers, so you can even plan a trip in this month. Thus if you are to have a hassle-free trip, make sure that you have completed all the bookings well in advance.

Things To Do

If you are planning to make a trip to Mirik, you can be certain that your schedule is never going to be dull. You can just spend all your day lazing on a deck chair in front of your balcony and enjoy the change of colours on the mountain slopes. There are plenty of scenic places to visit. Sumendu Lake is one of the major attractions in Mirik. While the place itself is quite picturesque, the 80ft long footbridge that arches over the expanse of the lake is no less so. You can either go for boating in the lake or take a horse and ride around the shores of the lake. Rameetay Dara is another place that you should make a note of visiting. The view point here offers an exquisite view of the mountains and the valleys below. If you are in the mood for picnic, you can go to Rai Dhap, a popular destination for picnickers. It is also the place from where water is supplied to all over Mirik. Bokar Monastery is another place worth visiting. It is a Buddhist meditation centre. Do not forget to visit Sunrise Point. During sunrise at dawn, the place puts on a surreal beauty. There are a number of orange orchards and tea gardens in the area. These are also popular destination amongst tourists. Tingling Point offers a beautiful view of the surrounding tea gardens. Debisthan has a beautiful temple built on a hillock dedicated to the goddess. Mirik has one of the best climates for a typical orchid called Cymbidium orchid, which fetches one of the highest prices in the world flower markets. Pashupatinagar border market with Nepal is a commercial center for trade in clothes, electronic and household goods. Don Bosco Church is located near Don Bosco School and one of the bigger Catholic churches of Darjeeling district. Indulge in the special dishes like Thukpa, soups and Tibetan delicacies. The local cuisine of the place has influences of the Bengali Culture and the local weather, along with dishes that all hill stations seem to share. There are some things that are very special to the place, including Hakka noodles, a special kind of soup- Thukpa and a few other Tibetan dishes. Restaurants are spread all over the place, with high concentrations around Krishna Nagar.

Getting Around

There are not too many buses that ply in Mirik. You will need to take long walks around the place to get from one place to another. There are shared taxis which operate within a fixed area. You can also rent cycles from some of the locals and use these to explore the locality. 3-wheelers and rickshaws are also available. If you need to go somewhere a bit far away, you can arrange for a private car or cab in advance.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

The nearest airport is at Bagdogra in Siliguri. From the airport, the distance to Mirik is around 52 km. It has regular flights from all places. You can cover the remaining portion of the journey by taking a shared taxi or bus.

TRAIN

New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station to Mirik, which is well connected with all major cities in India by rail. It is distanced at around 56 km from Mirik and easily accessible by road. The nearest rail station to Mirik is located at New Jalpaiguri. The station there is connected to the major stations in West Bengal, and via that to the rest of the country. The distance from the station to Mirik is around 56 km and from the station, buses and cabs can be taken to reach Mirik, time taken being 2 hours.

ROAD

Mirik is well connected to neighbouring cities like Darjeeling, Siliguri, Kurseong by road. Taxis, private cars, shared jeeps, shared taxis are readily available to reach this hilly town.

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Surrounding Attractions

There are several places that you can pay a visit to once you have seen the sights in Mirik. Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery is one of the well-known monasteries in the region. There are around 500 monks in the monastery. Jorpokhori is another place of tourist attraction. The main sight here is the two lakes from which the place derives its name. You can also make short trips to nearby towns like Kalimpong, Kurseong or Darjeeling from Mirik.
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